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Old 10-09-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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India can be an overwhelming place. And fascinating. And truly enjoyable as long as you understand what you're getting into. You will see incredible poverty. You will see intense spirituality. You will see wonderful architecture. You will see a fascinating country.

There's so much to see in India that it's best to focus on a certain region. However, if you expect this to be your only trip to India, it's very much worth the effort to see the Taj Mahal, which is one of the most breathtaking buildings in the world, possibly the most impressive structure ever built by man.

Our last trip to India focused on what is probably the most iconic region of the country - Rajasthan. This was the itinerary as I can remember:

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi, late night.

Day 2: Delhi. Explored the old city (extremely crowded and a real eye opener). Then went to the "new" New Delhi, around Rajpath to admire the government buildings built by Lutyens under British rule, which are truly impressive. Took a taxi ride around New Delhi as well to see the Lutyens bungalows and a few museums.

Day 3: Early AM took the train from Delhi to Agra. Arrived in Agra around 9 AM. Took taxi to the Red Fort, which is one of the most splendid forts built by the Mughals with fantastic architecture. Then went to the Taj Mahal for a few hours. The Taj is, as mentioned, one of the most impressive buildings by man I've ever been privileged to see. Early afternoon we took a hired car to Jaipur, stopping at the ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, a mosque and palace complex in the middle of the Rajasthani plains that was only inhabited for one generation before abandoned by the ruling Mughals. Arrived in Jaipur late night in time for dinner.

Days 4-5 Jaipur. Saw the various palace and fort complexes and walked around the old pink walled city. Very lively place.

Day 6: Jaipur to Jodhpur by train.

Day 7: Jodhpur. Visited the palace/fort complex and walked around the city.

Day 8: Jodhpur to Udaipur by hired car. Stopped at the Jagdish temple complex halfway between the two. High Hindu temple. Fantastical carvings. Arrived in Udaipur late afternoon.

Days 9 - 10: Udaipur. Visited the palaces, walked around the city.

Day 11: flew back to Delhi for connecting flight to the Maldives.

Rajasthan has even more places that we were unable to visit, namely Jaisalmer, the fort city in the desert. We still saw a lot and were able to do so at a relatively leisurely place, sightseeing in the morning, relaxing by the hotel pool in the afternoon, and more sightseeing and walks in the evenings before capping the day with a nice dinner.
Very nice description of Rajasthan. I can just add few more places to see there.

1) Ranthambhore National Park. It is famous for Tiger Safari and its a nice place to visit especially in Winter Season. It is about 2 hour by train from Jaipur.

2) Jaisalmer- as you said, its pure Desert with sand dunes and Sandy Fort.

3) Pushkar- It is about 3 hours by Road from jaipur and its an ancient town with a small lake and it is teeming with tourists.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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Try indiamike.com forums for a lot of useful information. Also, 10 days is going to be very tight. Flying time alone on non-stop flights is about 15 hrs each way (about 22 hrs on 1 stop flights) and you will need about 1 day each way to get over the jet lag. I guess you will have about 5 to 6 days to spend in India. Best of luck.

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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I'll suggest this alternative if you intend on having a more relaxing trip.

From Mumbai, take a ride down the konkan coast visiting goa and the scenic views of coastal Karnataka. From there on, continue onwards into Kerala and experience the tourist delights that it has to offer (Ashtamudi, Varkala, Calicut, Kovalam, Munnar, Thekkady, Athirapally). Perhaps make a trip to Kanyakumari (the southernmost point in India) from Kovalam if time permits. Then, fly back up to Mumbai and out you go.
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:52 AM
 
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you can try the Golden Triangle route - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur. I think that is all you have time for. You will have to take a local flight from Mumbai to Delhi and back, these are cheap, there are tons of discount airlines in India and very frequent services Mumbai-Delhi.

Tallybalt, highlighted part of that itinerary, although his included some more stuff... although a good itinerary I don't think you have the time for his full itinerary.

Alternatively you can spend a few days in Mumbai and then Goa. Goa is a very nice part of India as it was part of Portuguese India till the 1960 and has it's own unique cuisine.

Remember that India is a MASSIVE country and 10 days is virtually nothing to explore it, you could spend 6 months in India and still not cover it all. In addition things don't always work like clockwork in India, it's an undeveloped country and has severe infrastructure issues... trains are often late etc. It isn't Japan where you can plan your travels to the hour, in India you need to leave a generous amount of buffer.

I've been to Agra twice, the first time my return train to Delhi did not even show up until the NEXT DAY!!!! and the response from the authorities was "it will show up sooner or later!" LMAO! This time I visited though the train turned up on time, so you just never know!
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